Written by scholars who have practical experience in corrections, the readable essays in this one-of-a-kind collection draw on real-world experiences to illustrate theoretical and methodological concepts and demonstrate approaches to corrections practice. Spanning the three general types of correctional environments—incarceration, community corrections, and juvenile corrections—the essays discuss working in prisons or prison systems, juvenile residential and community corrections, and probation and parole.

Re-Discovering Possibility: Humanistic Psychology and Offender Treatment

Re-Discovering Possibility: Humanistic Psychology and Offender Treatment

Re-discovering possibility: Humanistic psychology and offender treatment

Editor's Introduction: Professor Polizzi worked as a psychotherapist in two maximum security prisons, practicing humanistic psychology, a client-centered approach, with prisoners. As one may imagine, he faced several challenges working on behalf of his clients in an environment geared toward punishing and controlling them. A person primarily concerned with helping prisoners will likely be viewed with suspicion and may face lack of support and even interference from staff and authorities who perceive caring for prisoners to be a threat to security. It is widely believed that offenders manipulate psychologists and fake treatment. Despite these obstacles, Polizzi finds that he was able to help prisoner clients undergo genuine change and identifies some who ...

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